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    Posted: 16 May 2019 at 17:53
Something I worked on briefly last month (but planned earlier last year). Coming along okay. This is version 3.

Just thought I'd share a photo showing how I sometimes use space in an image, with knowing it's intended for web use. That applies to products I make, obviously not wedding photos.

Hope you enjoy,

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Very nice, but as far as space is concerned I think you should show the entire length of the blade, especially with a bread knife were length is important. This coming from a bread baker and knife aficionado.
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Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:

Very nice, but as far as space is concerned I think you should show the entire length of the blade, especially with a bread knife were length is important. This coming from a bread baker and knife aficionado.


I do agree. This is actually a cropped version for a smaller format. There are a lot of full length versions as well :). Appreciate the thoughts!
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BTW, it's 10 inches (well, 10.2"). I designed it with a baker and bread maker. I did ask a lot of bakers and it's pretty common sense that the length of the knife has to exceed the radius/width of the boule/loaf you're slicing... however, there were a couple of people (who bake a lot of bread) who said they weren't comfortable handling something that long / only made smaller loaves. Which is fair enough as well, easy for me to make them shorter! (Not terribly easy getting something this long or thin straight!)
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Although the photo is craftfully made - like the knife, it looks a bit unnatural to me. The bread seems to balance on another bread and the knife hangs in the air. Although many would find it a cliche shot, the bread from above with the knife lying next to it as if the bread was just cut, would look more natural imo. TFS Richard     .
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I am wondering what makes this knife sourdough bread specific? Can't you use this knife to cut any other type of bread?
 



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Originally posted by MichelvA MichelvA wrote:

Although the photo is craftfully made - like the knife, it looks a bit unnatural to me. The bread seems to balance on another bread and the knife hangs in the air. Although many would find it a cliche shot, the bread from above with the knife lying next to it as if the bread was just cut, would look more natural imo. TFS Richard     .


Thanks Michel! I know what you mean, I think you're right. You'd probably like the full shot that shows it balancing on the tip. This crop is really more for social media use so that it fills the screen better, but both will be used.

Nothing wrong with the slicing shot either, I like them as well. I was somewhat limited with how much time I had to photo the knife before sending out, so didn't get every type of image imaginable. BUT I did get a slicing video (two I think). People seem to like seeing the knife in actual use, and it's a good way of showing how it sits in the handle/what it looks like as well, so a video of it slicing was top priority!
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Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

I am wondering what makes this knife sourdough bread specific? Can't you use this knife to cut any other type of bread?


It's a very good question! I think it could seem like a bit of a gimmick for outsiders, but if you're a sourdough baker you'll know exactly what it's for - tackling glass hard crusts and glossy, open crumbs. There are obviously a lot of different breads around the world but if you bake a lot of sourdough, a knife that gets through the crust and slices well is a thing in itself - or at least I'm making it so.

It's not rocket science and I'm not reinventing the wheel, I'm just doing things slowly and by hand, doing it the best way I possibly can, because I like to and other people enjoy using things like that too.

You can of course use it on other bread... but at the same time, depending on the bread, there may be a better tool for the job...
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